• Light For Burton
  • Very Durable Vibram Sole


  • Not Enough Sidehill Support
  • Not Enough Shock Absorption For Resort Riding


The Burton Tourist 2021 Snowboard Boot offers up a pretty easy negative flex for skinning but also is more than fine for riding at resorts. It is great for those that want one boot for your splits and solids and I found this to be a good choice for my slackcountry morning adventures before the lifts open.

Update 2024: The Burton Tourist seems to be the same exact boot in 2023 that I reviewed in 2021. 

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Riding Level Intermediate - Expert
Lacing Type Speed Lace
Manufactured in Vietnam
Flex Retention Good
Shock Absorption Average
Traction Excellent
On & Off Ease Great
Warmth Good
Flex Medium
Turn Initiation Medium/Fast
Sizing True To Size
Boot Width Medium/Wide
Comfort Great
Heel Hold Good
Adjustability Great
Reduced Footprint Great

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Burton Tourist 2021-2023 Splitboard Boot Written Review Review by The Good Ride

Here you have the Burton Tourist Snowboard Boot Review from an average rider who has tested tons of boots from an exceptionally objective perspective.

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Burton Tourist 2021 Snowboard Boot Review

How This Burton Tourist Review Happened: We spent our precious Good Ride dollars to buy this and review it.

Days: 20+ (updated Fall 2021 after spending a season with these)
Size Tried: 9
: Everything from summer snow to waist deep powder. Used these with several Split Boards, Union Rovers and of course my Drift Boards.
Riders: James (Size 9, 5’10” 185-195lbs)
Insoles: Footprint Insole Technology Gamechangers
Bindings: Union Expedition/Explorer, Burton Hitcher, Karakoram Prime Connect Free Ranger. Union Atlas  Union Contact Pro/Union Superpro
BoardsYes Greats and the Burton Kilroy Pow Camber (review coming)

James’ Foot Specs
Foot Size:
9 US
Foot Width:
Arch Length:
Right 9.5 and Left 9
Instep: (left and Right) 10.5”
Calf Circumference:
Top of boot 17” & Bottom of boot 12”

A Break Down of How It Rides & Who It’s For


The Burton Tourist fits my size 9E very well and I don’t feel any pressure on the sides like I do with some narrower boots. It is best for medium to mid/wide feet but still can sometimes fit a narrower foot.

Construction/Flex/Flex Retention

Burton Tourist Construction

The overall construction of the Burton Tourist is going for a balance between being comfortable and lasting close to 100 days. I didn’t really need any break in period and these felt pretty comfy day one. I’ll know more about long term flex retention when I get more time on these as I own them.

Uphill Travel

The Burton Tourist has a great negative flex and it is better than any other non-split board boot I’ve tried. The forward flex is easy too making it is an easy boot to hike with in steeper climbs. This boot gives you easy and long strides but I would like to see improvement with side hilling. I wish they could find a way to keep the easy negative & forward flex but also give more support for side hilling. With a good supportive ankle strap like the hitcher you have decent support but many other boots offer a stiffer side to side flex that really helps with side hilling.

Adjustability/Heel Hold

I’m more than fine with the heel hold of the Burton Tourist but those that like a lot of wrap around the ankle might have to look for another boot.

Response/Turn Initiation

Not quite there with the Ion but close when it comes to response. I think the Neoprene at the top of the boot that allows the Burton Tourist to have more negative flex also detracts from its response.

Shock Absorption/Board Feel

Pretty good shock absorption but far from being the best amongst its peers. The Burton Tourist is going more for board feel than a cushy shock absorbent ride.


Burton Tourist Traction

There is minimal shock absorption but top notch traction and this is the kind of boot I would like to have under my feet if I would have to hike in a sketchy spot.


Just like all the other Burton boots which is great. There is a very reduced footprint throughout all sizes in the Burton Tourist. It will help reduce toe/heel drag and that can be very dangerous.

On & Off Ease

Double BOA is easier off but this speed lace is easier on.

So, overall, I like the feel of the Burton Tourist and it is exactly what I want for when I skin up on good powder days before the lifts open.

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